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Inspiration / Keep Going ®
I was captured by a cry of sadness when taking this photo, but later I realized that the amazing man probably had the heart of a lion...instead of lamenting, he had turned his life into a fight...and he wasn't going to lose it. Every time I look at it I feel a sad happiness.
I have no idea where this man's story began, or where it will end, but I know the subject of the story perfectly: human courage. Head down, hunched over, hardly seeing where he's going. The picture speaks so clearly over the howl of the wind.
Each and every finalist in Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest would have been a worthy winner. I'm sorry I can't award the prize to all of them. But one photo so captured the essence of the category it was entered in that I ultimately chose it as the Grand Prize winner. That photo is of the courageous bicycle rider forging ahead into the storm. I have no idea of what sort of storm this rider faced, but the photographer drew on every creative tool available to produce an image which captured the heart of the theme: Inspiration: Keep Going ®. Congratulations to one and all!
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Animals / Wildlife
Kobe the polar bear out for a swim at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. At first I thought the glaring sun on the water was going to ruin the picture. What a surprise!
Except for the fact that he would probably eat you if he could, this polar bear is just so obviously a nice guy. All those little body gestures speak of lazy curiosity in the midst of a refreshing swim, the twinkling reflections on the water speaking of cool delight. Just kind of friendly (maybe).
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The sun only shines through this natural "door" at just the right angle to create a beam of light, for two weeks out of the year—one week before and one week after the winter solstice. In order to see this spectacular sight other conditions need to be just right as well: no fog or clouds on the horizon, and a low tide. The light does not last long, so being prepared is key!
Nature never holds still for us and this picture celebrates that never ending change in such a beautiful way. The magical shaft of light will soon be gone, the tides will transform the waves, the eons will change the rocks. And such a vocabulary of color!
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People / Cultures
Once upon a time in southern China...a boy and the sea.
For all the stunning beauty of this landscape with the exotic sky and the sweep of the boats, it is the boy whose presence transforms this picture into an act of contemplation. The horizon is lost in some cloudy infinity, the boy is lost in his thoughts. Nice.
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Taken at Ocean View Fishing Pier in Ocean View, Va. This is an early morning shot just before sunrise. I shot this @ ISO 50 F-22 fpr 99 seconds @ 54 mm using a Canon 24-70 L lens with a Singh Ray Galen Rowell 3 stop soft GND filter. It was a very quiet morning with all the serious fisherman at the end of the pier.
It would be fruitless to talk about this picture without marveling at how those subtle colors transmit some subtle emotion we can't quite distinguish but which is just as powerful as it is serene. The composer Debussy could do this with music. Something like the power of a whisper.
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I shot this on the island of Moorea, French Polynesia, in 2004 just as a storm was approaching the lagoon. The sun was beginning to set and the clouds were lit up beautifully. The sky only remained this way for a few minutes before the rain came.
It is the rare actress who can manage to be so seductive or sultry as this scene. The colors are subtle, the water tranquil. But it is the chair that keeps tempting me, promising some escape into a timeless moment.
Judging the contest will be award-winning photographer Jim Richardson, whose work has graced the pages of National Geographic and other publications.
National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson has travelled the world during his long career. Check out a selection of images from his travels!
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